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Friday’s Hunt v1.10

4 Mar

Welcome back to Friday’s Hunt.  I want to thank everyone who joined in last week.  I had a lot of fun visiting everyone who linked up.  I’m excited for week ten!  It’s very simple.  Anyone can participate.  The link opens at 7pm Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to visit some of the other entries.

If you didn’t participate this week but would like to next week, the topics will be:  Starts with K, Week’s Favorite, and flower.  I will always keep a list of the items for the coming week in my sidebar at the top. Without further ado, here’s my interpretations for the week.

Starts with J:  I found the letter J in my barn.  Kind of.  If you tilt your head to the right, you can see this hook that is attached to a wall of my barn looks like a J.  I have no idea why this hook was put in the barn, but it’s rather in the way.  If people come to visit, I have to make sure they don’t run face first into it.

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Java. Joe. No decaf here.  Just good old Folgers, some text books and the ceramic elephant (I think) a student made in their pottery class and gave to me.

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Week’s Favorite:  I took this picture of Minnie Pearl last weekend.  I love it.  She’s such a beautiful queen.

Minnie Pearl Saanen

Minnie Pearl Saanen

A cuppa warm goodness to start the day.  I have to tell you, parent teacher conferences make my morning coffee even more important.  I might have also splurged on a horrible-for-me pre-packaged cream cheese danish.  You do what you have to to get through the week.

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Finally, the weekend’s here!

Now it’s your turn!

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The Circle of Life

13 Jun

The farm is an ever present reminder of the circle of life.  Today exemplifies this concept.  When I went out to check everyone this morning, Coffee had died.

Coffee

Coffee (? – 13 June 2015)

I wasn’t really surprised.  After she seemed to be doing much better and her milk no longer had blood in it, I had hoped she was on the road to recovery.  Thursday night, she was just a bit off.  Friday morning, she wouldn’t eat when I brought her in to milk, and when she didn’t go out to pasture, I called the vet.  After examining her, he was fairly confident there was something with her gut.

"What.  I didn't get that memo."

He thought it might have been a displaced abomasum, commonly called a twisted stomach.  One of the four chambers in her stomach was moved out of place.  This is not completely uncommon in dairy cows and goats, but it’s usually something that happens within a few weeks of birth, but it can also happen after a trauma.  I’ll never know for certain, but this does seem like the most likely cause.

Coffee and Xerxes

Coffee and Xerxes

Later in the morning, I loaded up four of my girls that were weaned and took them to the sale barn.  It’s never a fun day when kids leave the farm, but it’s why the girls are bred.  They have the kids that get sold into the food chain.  Some of my girls I get to milk because of those kids.

4Girls

I’m still working on training Reva.  She has good times and bad times.  I’m hoping that with her daughter not being on the farm, it will make it easier for me to milk her.  Haley, my experienced girl has not been easy to milk because she wants her girls, too.

Fay, Rainie, Amy, and Tina

Fay, Rainie, Amy, and Tina

Those girls were plenty big enough to be weaned and leave the farm.  I have more that need to be weaned too.

Tonight, when everything had been a very rough and emotional day, we had new life.  Vinnie had her twins in the greenhouse about twelve hours after Coffee died in the same building.

Vinnie

Vinnie

The same building where five months ago, I had her penned with Fionn, where these new lives were created.

Doe goat and kid

Doe goat and twins

Life, in it’s most difficult and it’s most wonderful continues.

Big Kids

8 Jun

The babies that were born at the end of March/first of April are getting big.  Everyone is doing well, and it makes me think about weaning.

Amy

Amy

Annie

Annie

Thumper

Thumper

After Clover lost her kids I decided to wean Coffee’s boy, Xerxes, because she thought she should get milked too.

Sam and Xerxes

Sam and Xerxes

Well, in hindsight, I noticed that Coffee seemed to always have a full udder in the few days before weaning, and I thought her not wanting to stand still for me to milk was because her boy was standing outside the pen crying for her.  I was wrong.

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I didn’t realize it was because of how much he hurt her while nursing.  The milk on the left is from one side of her, and I’ve obviously aggravated an injury by milking her.  The bag is supposed to look like Clover’s on the right.  Hopefully, she’ll heal and I can keep milking her.  If it doesn’t clear up in a few days, I’ll try to gradually dry her up.  Since she was already not letting him nurse, I’m not getting as much milk as usual from her, and she might end up drying up on her own.

Coffee

Coffee

I knew it always looked painful when those kids would nurse.  They might look sweet when they are sleeping with each other,

Pippen and Bandit

Pippen and Bandit

but when mom stands up, they attack.  That dark spot on the far right of her udder just below her tail, is a place they’ve sliced open with their teeth. (You can click on the picture to make it larger.)

Pistol and kids

Pistol and kids

Some of the girls are starting to get thin.  It’s hard to keep up making milk when they get so big.

Litha

Litha

Looks like I should wean some more kids.

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